Here, another version of Yilu slightly longer and a bit faster with guest cameo.
Spring 2016 on the cusp of summer and perfect weather for outdoor cultivation before it is miserably hot. Here is the first of several attempts to capture the spark. This bit of Chen gongfu Yilu is the slower and first version.
This is Gongfu Jia. Chen Shi Taijiquan detailed, focused practice to produce a lasting practical result or ’embodied gongfu’ ability. Many distinct features of Chen Zhaokui’s method are evident in this practice passed down the family line from Chenyu.
Bailagar Long Pole, Chen Taijiquan.
There are many practice forms, these are a few, deceptively simple, simply difficult. The heavier the pole, the worse it looks.
Contrary to how it may appear to those who are not familiar, this wood is really NOT so flexible as it appears. This thickness of Bailagar “white waxwood” will not carry a wave unless the practitioner can forcefully send and control it.
Chen Taijiquan patterned tuishou, in this case Dalun, is a most useful training method for clear development of JIN. These days this facet of traditional Chen Taijiquan training is sorely neglected and often just seen as a cursory circle to begin a competitive wrestling bout. In fact this practice is where many of the gems of structure and technique are found. Here are some views on very basic training.
This (at least visually) illustrates some of the unique methods of the Chen Zhaokui line of Chen Taijiquan as relates to basic structure. This is “jibengong” basic traditional instruction for those who are physically willing and able. It is not for everyone, but the path of “zhen” (true) gongfu in this style. Here is a rare look at some non-commercial traditional training.
[Above: Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Utilities, Bow & Arrow Fist]
Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Utilities is a teaching and practice curriculum that I have developed over many years of personal practice, research and teaching. After many years of consideration I have decided that at least some of it needs to be shown and even publicly taught if the opportunity arises before Taijiquan’s last traditional coffin nail is hammered.
Chen Taijiquan traditionally is what I would call a “packaged system” as if packed into a suitcase for travel. The main elements of practice in current popular Chen Taujiquan are Read the rest of this entry →